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Unformatted text preview: 11/27/07 1 Lecture 25, Nov. 27 Asian American Jazz/Improvised Music 11/27/07 2 Asia 11/27/07 3 “Asia” & “Asian” are umbrella terms conceal enormous diversity immigrants from East, South, Southeast Asia differ in language, religion, social norms, etc. conditions of departure from Asia reception, relative integration or exclusion in US musical culture brought to this country musical differences include styles, genres, instruments, beliefs about music Diversity among Asian Americans 11/27/07 4 What is Asian American Music? music made by people of Asian descent in America? music that Asian Americans listen to? music that expresses Asian American identity? music with texts that concern Asian American experiences, history, politics? American music that uses Asian instruments, melodies, timbres, textures, rhythms, sense of time, or compositional concepts? 11/27/07 5 Recent Asian American Music recent Asian American music includes hip hop karaoke taiko drumming but also tango, bhangra, symphonies, … focus today on Asian American jazz particular group of musicians united by interest in fusion, collaboration with each other, political orientation 11/27/07 6 early Asian American involvement in jazz Swing era (1930s into 40s) the Forbidden City (SF, 1939) roles: singers & dancers, not instrumentalists contrasting attitudes toward these performers lack of discernment: “Chinese” used as a general cover term for various Asians Japanese Americans interned in WWII camps formed big bands 11/27/07 7 thoroughly American, yet “Asian” performers at the Forbidden City were 2nd or 3rd generation Asian Americans identified strongly with mainstream American popular culture perceived by others as Asian/Oriental but considered themselves American chose mainstream = swing jazz and associated dance rejected Asian roots/heritage but exploited “exotic” Asian-ness as path to (limited) commercial success contrast with options of Asian Americans after black pride movement of 1960s 11/27/07 8 Asian American movement began in late 1960s inspired by other pride/power movements early musical expression in A Grain of Sand’s Music for the Struggle by Asians in America (1973) NY-based group of Japanese & Chinese Americans:...
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- Fall '07
- Music, Asian American jazz, Jon Jang